Anonymous: #OpGlobalBlackout Targets Banks, Facebook

    January 21, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Anonymous is back with their grandest threat yet.

This past week, an innocuous YouTube video was posted titled, “Anonymous Message to Congress.” The video was made in response to the shutting down of MegaUpload on Thursday by the federal government. This, as we reported, led to Anonymous’ largest coordinated attack in their history with over 5,000 people taking down over 10 federal and industry Web sites.

What is your opinion about what Anonymous are doing? Share your thoughts here.

The video, which you can watch in its entirety below, is phase one of #OpGlobalBlackout.
They do recognize that MegaUpload contained copyrighted content, but say that the take down was not about copyrighted materials. Anonymous demands that MegaUpload be reinstated within 72 hours.

Anonymous claims that they have gained access to the servers for the United Nations, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, US Bank, Capital One, Chase Bank, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. If their demands are not met, they will take down all of these servers.

For the banks, Anonymous claims that they have the account info of every client at these banks. They want to reassure citizens, however, that they are not going to compromise their information. They only want to make a statement to Congress.

As for Congress, they have a very special message – “To those who support PIPA and SOPA. To those congressmen who want to vote yes on these bills. We are not fucking playing.”

This has essentially turned into a game of chicken between Anonymous and the U.S. Government with the Internet in the crossfire.

Mike Masnick provides an embed of the government’s case against MegaUpload:


He raises a rather interesting point about the government’s case against MegaUpload in that…

The indictment points out that Megaupload did not have a site search, by which users could find material. That’s interesting, but it seems like an odd piece of information in making the case. Other copyright cases have specifically found that having a search engine is part of an inducement claim — so there’s an argument that the idea not to have a search engine wasn’t so much “conspiracy,” as it was an attempt to follow the guidance of the court and to stay legal. To use the lack of a feature, that previously was shown to be a problem, as evidence of a conspiracy is crazy. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Here’s what some people are saying about #OpGlobalBlackout:

#opglobalblackout Why not do it now? 28 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Let the game begin ! #OpGlobalBlackout 47 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#OpGlobalBlackout I am With you all the way 😀 No Matter what you do Take down Xbl, PSN, FaceBook Whatever. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#OpGlobalBlackout #Anonymous Could this be the beginning of what is supposed to happen in December #2012 ?http://t.co/5zgbLv5l 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#opglobalblackout hope it’s real! 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

If #opglobalblackout is legit, then this is about to get really crazy… Buckle up people! 1 day ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

What do you think of this “Message to Congress”? Let us know in the comments.

  • brandon holstein


    • anon

      quite rightly, Its fucking amazing!! go Anonymous

      • rich

        Get a life prick!

        • zak

          Get mad, bro.

    • skinonskin

      lol i bet you’re like 15 what other rebellions have you lived through?

      • Anon

        Welcome to the 21st century, where 15 is the new 50 and computer hackers rule the world

    • http://promotesolution.com James K

      “Fake Video”

      This shouldn’t even be posted like this context. There isnt any proof. Seems more like a scandal to me……..

      Bad Author, Bad

      • Matt

        Well, seeing as they managed to take down the Playstation Network along with Sony’s media and marketing for about three weeks, I think it’s pretty legitimate. Where were you, last April, living under a rock?

        • lalalala

          Well, they didn’t actually ‘take it down’ for three weeks. What they did was a SQL injection. However, PSN had such bad security that it worked (THAT is a scary thought). It was Sony that took it down for three weeks to increase security. I mean, that doesn’t take away from your comment, just thought I’d clarify the minutiae, because I’m overly anal.

          Have a great day!

  • SIlvia Loschta

    I hate and would never support PIPA or SOPA, and this indeed is a way of raising attention, but I think this is a bit overboard. People /need/ those bank accounts to live their daily lives. I want Megaupload back just as much as the next person, but you must think of how the negative effects will effect the people you are trying to help.

    ….I don’t want any trolling for this post, so If you dont have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I respect everyone’s opinion, but I’m worried about how the people who use the (needed) accounts will cope.
    Just throwing this Point of View out there.

    • Crackers

      Sometimes inconveniences such as these are necessary steps in keeping the government in check, or to make a point. We are all so attached to our everyday conveniences that we allow the government to run rampant, to cater to the filthy rich and the big business owners, the ones who want us to be so addicted to our smart phones and our instant banking and our automatic vacuum units that we can’t see them programming us and taking away our freedoms. And if and when we do see, we’ll be too strung out on our overly-convenient, push-button lifestyles to do anything about it.

      We have to show them that they’re not succeeding. That we’re not ‘fucking playing’ as Anonymous put it so succinctly. Sometimes we need to make a stand, inconvenient or not. We wont lay down for the fat cats or the government, and they need to hear that. Loud and clear.

      • Mike

        So says the neckbeard who probably lives at home and therefore has no reason to have money.

        I support Anonymous but this sh*t is getting out of hand. This just adds fuel to a bunch of corrupt politicians to pass this. Add in how many people this will affect (and realize even if a quarter of them are affected, which could go into the hundreds of thousands) will ask their rep to pass SOPA in hopes it prevents such things from happening again. This time Anonymous, it’s better to drop the ball and go home.

        • J. Anthony Carter

          OMG!! Mike, can you say baa baa baa? The only thing differentiating you from a sheep is that sheep can’t type. Other than that you sound exactly like one of the docile multitudes who’d rather let the Gubbament run everything so you can sit home watching your soaps and eating your tacos. Stay at home! Hide in thecloset. Americans are coming out swinging at the Gubbament to show them where they’re wrong and we are right! If I have my way the control freaks will NOT ever get their way with my life! I’m a FREE man! Not some zombie, marching clone! Go ANONYMOUS!

          • Mike

            So Anonymous is making MY decisions for me? How different is this kind of asinine BS than what the government does. Like the PSN blackout last year. Just because Anonymous wanted to be a bunch of a-holes, they decide to prevent me and tens of thousands of normal, everyday hard working people from being able to enjoy something.
            Anonymous is really no different than the government…… only more idiotic and failures in life.

    • The Whiz

      I agree with Crackers. The government needs to be kept in check. It’s supposed to keep itself in check, and that’s why congress and the senate exist. Unfortunately, they don’t function the way they should anymore because the government is corrupt and it affects the citizens of our country more than anything. Outside pressure must be applied. Anonymous said they’re not compromising any clients’ information. They’re just using it as leverage against the government because they know that the information Anonymous has at their disposal now is enough to destroy the financial and social infrastructure that holds the politicians up on their thrones. Down with the bigots!

    • Mike

      I agree… just how does crippling the American people and giving Obama an excuse to use NDAA help us in any way whatsoever…??

      Anonymous… I think you have seriously underestimated the lengths that the current administration will go to in order to maintain control and you need to stop before innocent people get hurt or killed.

      • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

        The US has a long history of backing down and giving in to threats.

        Oops, my bad, they don’t, they send in the stealth bombers and cruise missiles and level the place finally sending in the troops to mop up.

        The problem is collateral damage and troops that end up not coming home, on all sides.

        Wikipedia and Google did what was needed to show those who make the laws that what they were about to do wasn’t too smart and it seems to be doing its job.

        If this was indeed from Anonymous, of which I have my doubts, their adding fuel to the fire isn’t likely to help and instead achieve the opposite.

    • http://generalopinions.com Bob

      Well said

    • Matt

      I see what you mean, but you are a little confused. According to the video, they are only out against some big names who openly support PIPA and SOPA; Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift. They do NOT plan on infiltrating our bank accounts. It’s a warning; not to be taken lightly, however, but they don’t want to harm the average American.

  • Nic’

    FAKE! There is no #opglobalblackout, check the uploader, 2 days old 1 video, hardly a credible source and it’s the only one out there.

    Anyone can claim to be annon, that’s just one individual throwing names, taking down sites not connected with the issue at hand isn’t their style.

    Delete this,check your facts, reword what you need to, and if it’s even news worthy, try again.

    If you want a more accurate news feed, copy/paste this everywhere this “news” story comes up.

    • James

      your an idiot, they dont just have a huge youtube account with 8 million hits they need to create new 1s so they minimize the chance of an individual being clocked, ofc that account was only going to have 1 video what did u expect anonymous’ old birthday party videos all of them opening presents maybe even a slideshow of some recent pictures signed. think on you rash on the testicles of society

  • martin

    that is fake. anonymous has already stated that they will not take down Facebook. how do you think we get important information around. this sounds like
    SOPA. it would be a complete contradiction of what they stand for, don’t believe this crap.
    i tell you alot of crap is going to be put out there to make us happy we are all losing are rights.

  • http://www.occupywallstreetmediawatch.org hyp3rcrav3

    It would be bad to take down Youtube for OWS. How else will we see video of Occupy Bucharest? How would we show the world police brutality?
    “Google: US law enforcement tried to get videos removed from YouTube” http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/25/google-transparency-report-released


    Keep it up, freedom is not free.

  • Jacob

    Internet Robin Hood.

  • SandyN

    Punished? Seriously? They’ve become just another cliche example of how power corrupts. They HAD some power, power to do some really good stuff. But now ego has come into it and they’re just as bad as the people they accuse. They make it impossible for me to support them. It pisses me off and makes me sad.

    • SandyN

      I hope it’s fake. I really do.

      • Danielle

        It is, but then again anonymous can be anyone, but I don’t think this video was made of the collective, a 72 hour threat sounds weird for anon…. and the whole ” Were not fing playing” sounds childish, I have yet to hear something like that from the other videos, maybe it’s just some kid really pissed about megaupload using anon as a threat. never know. And there is no operation information on http://anonnews.org/ usually op’s are posted there.

        • Nottelling

          They ARE childish.

          “We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget.”

          They’re more interested in being faceless “heroes” than in actually affecting positive change.

          Loosely speaking “If you’ve done the right thing, no one will even notice.”

          Considering how members have gone rogue before (like with PSN), I have no reason to trust their BUT WE HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS, IT’S ALL GOOD, WE WON’T USE YOUR CREDIT CARDS notions. Puh-lease.

          I don’t like having to change my personal information, banking information, whatever, simply because of something that’s going on in the States. Not very considerate of people who actually have jobs, go to school, etc.

          I’ve signed petitions against this and shit, but I won’t stand for being part of fucking leverage from people who claim they are “LEGION.”

          I trust them about as much as I trust the US Government. Guess how little that is. The fact that they are faceless and have that slogan is not reassuring. I hardly trust my OWN government.

          Legion = demons. Many demons. Troublemakers.

          Not Robin Hoods. I don’t see how holding our information is figuratively giving to the poor, especially when Little John might go rogue and run off and buy a new gaming rig with *MY* Goddamn money. A tad predictable of me, but whatever. Don’t care if I’m being overly literal. Poor choice in symbolism.

          Some of us live at home because we’re fucking lazy.

          Some of us live at home because we have no choice.

          I ain’t that fucking lazy.

          Lay off!

  • J. Anthony Carter

    Hurrah and huzzah for Anonymous! The freakin “Gubbament” seems to think THEY own the Internet and they really need to learn it’s WE who “own” the Internet. Long ago, there was a traitor to the American people who styled hisself an “enabler” when all he was was a destroyer, thief, tyrant and murderer. His name is “Dubya”. Since that lunatic corrupted people to get elected, abrogated the rights of the entire nation and got away with murder plain and simple, the nation has started it decline into the sewers. This Gubament has long forgotten who the Boss is. It’s not they, it’s US. The sooner they remember that the Gubbament works FOR the people and not the other way around, the sooner America can go back to being a great nation again. But no, they go around shutting down anyone they like as if THEY have jurisdiction there. They DO NOT! It belongs to the people of the world and no regime, dictator or messiah, no matter WHAT name they go by, is going to be allowed to control or have a say in how the Internet is used by it’s actual population. If Anonymous can shut the “Gubbament” down forever, they’ll be doing a favor for America and the World.

  • SkaterGirl

    I do not agree with PIPA or SOPA, but I also don’t know if I agree with what Anonymous is doing either. The US Government does not negotiate with terrorists and what they are about to do, is considered Cyber Terrorism. So it could go either way, the congressmen do not pass the bill or they do pass and say “Fuck you, you just fucked yourselves and America over, and we don’t give a fuck.” People depend on the internet for banking, schooling, staying in touch, research, and whatever else. But hey I know you are going to do what you want and I hope it goes in your favor, but if not well thank you for fucking it up for us. But still I do not agree with PIPA or SOPA 100%. I am still on your side but wish it could be done differently.

    • dox

      cool comments… I wonder. The dependencies several comments described on these services and convenient ways of handling everyday tasks… Having that taken away for a while, must be a reason to stop breathing…
      Sure, people will have to go to banks and no playing ps online or xbox might force people to actually do terrible things in stead, like, hmm, read or God forbid, talk to someone in real life.
      Guys, you have an interesting history, a short one, but at least according to your hollywood a proud one… All I read here is whining…
      If the founders of your nation would be thinking your way, you might have been a brittish colony still or some other nation… Wake up, this laws, might or not remove your freedoms, but then again you have most lawyers in the world… Why not play game on multiple fronts, leaving people to do their best, at what they are best at…
      If anonymous is good at what they do and they are able to put such a pressure as claimed and if that works then maybe it’s worth it. On other hand I think I’ll read some of what your T. jefferson wrote once… Good luck with the debate though…

  • Joe

    I have been supporting most of what Anonymous has been doing but please guys, don’t release my Chase Bank info. That’s fucked up man.

  • http://cteckpc.com Chris Stringham


  • internet user

    Is ANON doing the gov’s work.. shutting down servers of YouTube, Facebook, Twiter.. banks? One is making a law to turn them off “legally”, the other just because they can.. who’s benefit,, pfff not mine. This threat goes against ANON creeds of having the freedom of info.. so mostly I believe this ain’t real.. I believe some want to blame ANON for making caos so giving the gov more reasons to pass the law.

  • james bond

    Great work anonnymous, i wish i could help!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theJamesKenny James K

    “Whoever wins, we lose”


    “This has essentially turned into a game of chicken between Anonymous and the U.S. Government with the Internet in the crossfire.”

    Seriously? I thought this was “Our” fight?

  • Steven G

    I’d love for anonymous to try and take down Youtube, just to see if it’s possible, and still not get any of their members caught in the process. I think if they actually went after a Google owned site that Google would figure out where they are located or at least a way to stop them.

  • imaginarynumber

    There is more than an element of show boating on the behalf of Anonymous. In and of itself, that might not be a bad thing, afterall their threats help to raise awareness of these disproportionate bills.

    Perhaps attacks against those with vested interests in seeing SOPA succeed might be more useful.

    I guess ultimately they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They are self appointed defenders of freedom yet they have to rely upon threats, that’s not that dissimilar to the actions of most tyrants.

    From a romanticised perspective I’d love to see them give the authoritarian government a slightly blooded nose but in reality that would be used as an excuse for curtailing even more of our freedoms.

  • John

    I’m with Anonymous on this one.
    Compare it to a situation most would get upset with:
    Government are willing to pass a law that will only allow people to drive their car if they NEVER have had any fine or other conviction.
    Would you allow this to happen?

  • http://www.bombnail.com Ross

    This is awesome, F**K them over Anonymous, take them down and show the dominating yanks you mean business….Launch a missile if you can, you know the target!

  • Malinda

    go for it, i support anonymous. i hope they take down however they have to to get their point across..the shit that the government is pulling is outragious.

  • sb

    na i blame plus net today for your computer geek glitches nur nur de nur nur

  • Watching the Wheels

    I’m not exactly seeing any real differences between the “techies” and the government.

    It would be nice and make both of you a whole lot more credible IN MY EYES, …

    … IF both sides of this online p*ssing contest would stop trying to get me entangled within their TERRITORIAL DISPLAYS.

    NONE of this is impressing me. In fact all of this juvenile posturing as you both jocky for position is having an opposite effect.








  • Confused

    I’m confused, PIPA / SOPA would have been used to take down sites like youtube and facebook. Anonymous comes along and says hey we don’t like PIPA / SOPA and to fight back we are going to take down youtube, facebook and various other sites.

    I know there are banking sites in the list, etc… But I just am unsure of the point of taking down some of them.

    Hmm, too much info… Distracting and helps keep a nation confused.

  • I Vote for a Civilized Society

    If we claim that we are civilized and demand to be part of a civilized society then surely market forces should be allowed to dictate our lives. A hooligan approach to destroy what is not yours is none other than criminal theft. To hide behind the masses or behind anything that obscure identity and negotiation is cowardice and display a lack of human courage. It takes a hooligan to break something and a man to build something. The suggested action is selfish so why will I or anyone else for that matter would like to support a person or persons that in any event has only one goal and that is to destroy innocent lives. Such a person or persons are like someone crossing over to the side of the enemy. I vote for a civilized society.

    • http://promotesolution.com James K

      “then surely market forces should be allowed to dictate our lives “


      This guy must be Dodd or one of his buddies

  • http://www.jsqred.blogspot.com/ Jeremy Johnson

    Killing Facebook, IMHO would not be a bad thing. Some may not realize how much this site supports passive-aggressive behaviors. There are people’s Facebook accounts that I really don’t want to see yet the opportunity is there and there are people that I really don’t want seeing what I post online. Basically this ability to ‘look in’ on someone without face to face contact bothers me. While I don’t agree with Anonymous’s MO I would like Facebook to go away… permanently. Believe me protection of personal information and our identity out weighs any other supposed benefit Facebook may provide. So if Facebook does go down you can reach me on my cell#, I’ll gladly give it if you ask, email, DeviantArt, or hey even my home address just let me know your poison before ya visit and I’ll try to have it ready. RIP Facebook…

  • thierry kauffmann

    There has to be a better way that Anonymous can get his views heard. The definition of content creator and consumer needs a serious discussion, not threats. As for “citizen, do not fear”, ok, but who’s going to suffer when youtube and facebook go down? The Feds? It’s going to be citizens.

  • http://barryrdgers.com Barry

    Go for it guys. I can live without FB & Twitter for however long it takes. lol

  • http://silverwindghost.tumblr.com/ Rachel Ditmer

    None of you seem to realize that this is going to cause far more harm than good. I’m completely against SOPA and PIPA. I was part of the protest, and I was delighted when we came out victorious. I was not amused, however, when our accomplishment was immediately overshadowed by Anonymous’s actions. I’m pretty sure the government’s timing for the seizure of Megaupload was not a mere coincidence. Pissed at the general public for winning the protest against SOPA, they took Megaupload down in hopes that they could bait these little shits into one of their infamous “Operations”, then use their actions as an excuse to further their support for these ridiculous bills and give the SOPA protesters a bad rep. Instead of the protest’s success being publicized, this crap with Anonymous is. Which, is probably exactly what they wanted. So my message to Anonymous is: Stop playing into their freaking hands. You’re doing exactly what they want and they had it planned out this whole time. Honestly. You should have expected it.

  • http://soflapersonalassistants.com Claudia Lozani

    It is impotant to stop this two bills in Congress which intend to strip away the 99% of their right of freedom of communication and speech and give again the top 1% total control of freedom of speech and communication the same way they have done with the ability to make unlimited contributions to political campaigns eliminating the value of the vote which is the voice of the people. It is the resurgence of an agenda to enslave the 99% and the banks are at the forefront of this agenda.

  • http://www.orb-web.com Orb Web

    We will soon find out if they do as they said or not. My bet is they will because Congress won’t back up…

  • chase

    Support them all the way on this.

    How this plays out, we’ll find out soon enough.

  • Bill Hood

    Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does”

    I do not condone the means by which Anonymous is going about their operation, but I do agree that we should be very concerned about what and how any government is doing under the auspices of the law, which can be interpreted in many ways.

    We need better laws, written in plain language, that cannot be construed in differing ways. And, we need citizens that will oppose unjust laws brought about by corrupt politicians who have been bought off by special interest groups.

    Yes, it means “lawering up” and it is costly, but violence is only met with more violence, as we have seen in the war between the government and Anonymous, and the people get caught in the crossfire.

    While people in the U.S. are not allowed to vote on the presidency, they are allowed to place key people in the Senate and Congress. At the first sign of corruption these individuals should be removed from office.

    When we as a people use integrity and morals and demand the same of the politicians, we will have a peaceful world.

  • PP

    Giving hacker an excuse to Hack.. with some distance feeling of moral?

    Closing down social media can not be the hackers goal, media is never a target, its a means to spread the messages what ever that may be…

    So the video is not real, but then again when is it real, and when is it not? Anonymous are they capable of changing the government which in fact is elected by their people…

    Personally I use all the websites available for personal entertainment and work. If it’s work related I will pay for it copyright just as others hopefully pay for mine.

    As for the file sharing websites Megaupload was not correcting or filtering for possible copyright as much as the other companies out there, it makes sense that they are the first to go down, I do feel sorry for all the people with a paid account there.

  • http://www.sedm.org Anyone can be anonymous

    Years ago Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin used technology–the offset press–to literally “make people think”. They did so under pen names–anonymously. In so doing they were able to leverage against the King and his tyranny and non freedom. Now we are faced with the same dilemma. A people who through generations of parasites in government have had their freedom’s and truth eroded by “the termite approach” to tyranny–their savings eaten by taxes…taxed for the sake of living…but disguised as [communistically] “paying your fair share.” Its time to think people…think! What IF all I have been told by government is foolery? What IF THEY–as employees and agents—had to sign all those forms…but I didn’t? Wanna know something NO ONE in government wants you to know? The Declaration of Independence is LAW…yep…the 1st LAW. Read it carefully and understand YOUR CONSENT is required for government…if no consent you have an entitlement to “separate and equal station.” In the words of Nancy Reagan…JUST SAY NO…to more govt. intrusions. Put them back in their box.

    • http://www.flashofwhite.org Amanda

      Yes! Well put.

    • kate

      OMG, you quote Nancy Reagan? You truly are deluded.

      You know how much money she wasted on the Whitehouse during a RECESSION? You know how her husband is like 30% responsible for this GFC mess?

      The problem isn’t Government. The problem is BAD government, and the US does not know what good Government is.
      The US government waste money where it ought not be wasted. The US Government is incapable of running a profitable postal system in the most capitalistic nation on earth. The US is incapable of providing basic healthcare. And the US is the “best nation on earth”? There are children in poverty in the US, more than in other first world countries. The obesity epidemic would be worse but for it.

      Other posters get it. It’s BAD government. It’s special interests.

      I think it’s a lack of Westminster democracy. A lack of party discipline. A lack of a united front that is held accountable. When people can go off and be specially interested, things go down hill. The US is a parliamentary experiment that has failed.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    I suggest that anonymous send copies of each bank account they say they have access to the members of government & newspaper editors who owns that account( this way no personal information will be see by third parties), to prove they mean business, and that what they are saying is true.Then see what happens…

    • http://N/A Jonno


  • /// ted

    The Fed, as we all know, is greedy & crooked.
    More power to whomever is capable of demanding free representation!

  • Ron

    While your in chase bank, be sure to change my account balance to a million.

  • http://www.flashofwhite.org Amanda

    It’s about fucking time we grow a pair and support the true patriots, such as those participating in Anonymous, who are willing to stand on the front line for us to take back our power from the bankers and “elected” politicians who do their every bidding. Ever hear of the Minute Men? They won our independence from Britain, and our shameful, sheep-like behavior of late disgraces their memory. I fully support Anonymous and their efforts on my behalf.

  • fake

    fake as shit. webpronews should know better

  • /// ted

    Relax, people! This is the most well-thought out poker hand I’ve ever seen on the ‘Net! Brilliant!
    Note “they” are not threatening to DO anything … but merely be able to do things. Bank accounts are safe… just exposed for the first time.
    Kinda like a sharp axe held over a crook’s hand. “Don’t lie to me anymore!”. Works wonders….IMHO, anyhow.Psychology at work?

  • gregreg@aoll.com

    rst, they can’t do it. Secondly, when they are found after extensive tracing, they should get the death penalty immediately. If they hack my site, they will be dead meat.

  • http://www.esc-creation.com ESC Creation

    Just wait what will happen in next day

  • http://www.20tipsto.com/ Jali

    Not quite sure how to comment on this.

    United Nations, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, US Bank, Capital One, Chase Bank, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. These are all huge corp.

  • Jacky

    America, you have no rights. Your freedom continues to be taken away from you and you don’t do a thing about it. America, you’re stupid.

    Anonymous and friends are doing the right thing. Let him do it!

    After all, you are living in Hitler USA. Right?

    These goons in Washington say it’s for protecting America and copyright? The people of America have to protect themselves from Washington.

    As long as there are sharing sites which number in the hundreds of thousands, really there is no copyright. Washington wants to convict everybody if they could but it’s going to be tough.

    America is only going to get worse as economic collapse becomes closer. Protect yourself from the evil behind your back.

  • yota

    The yourAnonNews at twitter just said it is not their intention for to take down twitter etc because it is their media to send messages.

    But let see what will happen..

  • Al van Meurs

    The end result of what their doing is more security, more Bills and Acts passed aginst an already oppresed people.

  • http://www.antellus.com TMoore

    I think Anonymous should think about the inconvenience it will cause the millions of people who rely on banks for paying their bills. If a single bill does not get paid and a person loses a home, utilities, whatever is vital to survive in this dog-eat-dog world, then Anonymous will become the criminal. I don’t support SOPA or PIPA and know there is a better way to stop online piracy. Better education, with emphasis on ethics and sensitivity training.

    When the pirate sites lose customers, they’ll go down on their own. When the pirate sites are targeted individually, there is a better prospect for taking them down, not through some mass legislation which endangers free speech. The pirates are thieves of others’ opportunities to profit from their work. Maybe they should read “Animal Farm” before they upload another file.

    • Brandon

      with internet and the gaming boom(online gaming) Crimes have dropped. People stay inside more.

      They are merely shutting down the servers. you know… how you use to use banks before the internet.

      The monetary system, This capitalism idea. Will be the downfall of America and the world. People are always scared of their money being taken away. This “faith” we have in money is wrong. We earned what we have through hard work and diligence not from money. Money is the new religion. And im not knocking the idea of “trade and barter”.

      I think people forget America isnt a government in which we are ruled by a tyrant. The president is a scapegoat and can be bought, coerced, and threatened. Do you really think the media will give us the full side of the story? they are big corp.

  • A.

    This is so staged it is not funny!
    This has been planned by the government itself.
    So they can push new implementation of its own agenda on the internet.
    What a platform.
    What pure bunk!

  • don Fisher

    Fan-fucking-tastic! The crooked man and his lackeys in government need to be taken down a few pegs. Thank you Anonymous.

  • Mark Lewis

    What a crock of s**t, if you think you can do it, and get away with it, do it now.

  • http://www.misericords.co.uk Dominic

    SOPA is a real worry to me, as I run several websites with forums, which makes me guilty by the very definition of SOPA – even though my sites are very unlikely to have copyright material posted.

    However, @anonymous is even more worrying to me. Politicians will feel that they are being bullied into making the right decision, and as a result are more likely to strike back by supporting SOPA.

    As we all know, SOPA will very likely kill the internet with very little that the individual – or even non-US state can do to avoid this. the potential for backfire from @anonymous is just too great.

  • Cj

    The SOPA protest was done by websites voluntarily taking themselves offline. This is a peaceful way to protest. Taking websites down by force is an act of war. Anonymous please remember the web is about freedom – particularly freedom of information. Do not turn it into a war zone and turn away the very people we are trying to reach out to.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com CaptainCyberzone

    I’d prefer to see Anon go after the MSM (Main Stream Media) which distorts and/or censors the true reason for the SOPA/PIPA push rather than the banks,etc.
    It’s newspapers like (Conn.’s) The Hartford Courant that hide the truth from their readers to protect the State’s political elites like John Larson, the U.S. Dem. Caucus Chair, who co-sponsored SOPA and Chris Dodd, the ex U.S. Conn. Senator and now chief executive of MPAA (Motion Picture Asso. of America).
    Don’t blame the banks or Gov. Departments for the sins of some politicians and their cohorts … the MSM.

  • Drape

    Why the banks really? I don’t care about the other sites though.

  • Anonymous :D


  • Kris

    These kids bore me. Little terrorists too scared to actually show their faces.

  • Kris


  • Dr. John

    It’s about time we stand up to the oligarchy in Washington and their continuous pandering to big business at the expense of the American People.

  • Anonymous

    Seems staged man, this is the government, not anonymous. “We are not f*ing playing.” That’s not anon. Anon is sophisticated. This is the government trying to pretend to be anonymous, but really just wanna take down those sites under the guise of anonymous members.

  • http://www.studioartistx.nl Alexander

    I’d rather see Anonymous carry on their promise, then to see PIPA and SOPA be reality.

  • http://www.loveshade.org Alden Loveshade

    I’ve participated in many political and social protests both online and IRL. When I participate, I have a clear agenda and a clear purpose. I try to identify specifically where I think the problem lies and what I believe can be done to work toward fixing it.

    If you don’t like what your representatives are doing, write them, send them emails, call them. If they don’t respond the way you want, vote for someone else. Give financial support to a candidate or cause you like. Even participate in an online blackout or strike like I and many others did against SOPA and PIPA. That worked, and those bills were withdrawn from active consideration.

    But saying, “If the government doesn’t do what we’ll say, we’ll shut down businesses and thereby hurt thousands or millions of innocent people” does not sound like what I believe a protest should be. At least not in a nation that still has a fair amount of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and free elections. That type of protest is appropriate to fighting a totalitarian regime–or in trying to create one.

  • http://www.rainbowriting.com Karen Cole

    I am simply glad they realized that Ghost Writer, Inc. is not a major corporation and that they did not “take down” my website. However, I would simply have put it right back up if they did. They did leave a little dew-dew calling card on the site, who knows why, but at least it was only a hard to see question mark down at the bottom.

    • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

      I hope you have learned from this and changed all site passwords ( each different) to strong alpha numerical upper and lower case ones of at least 10 characters. Check code in all of site for code match to little file you found, in case Trojan left behind as back door for future use. Check backup files aswell.

  • adi

    they may be able to take down some big corporate sites, but they haven’t a clue about mixing a simple backing track and a vocal together. Jees, get someone from down the pub to do it guys.. they’d make a better job.

  • wtf

    I hope they don’t shut down the psn..

  • http://freeyourmindonline.net/Blog/ Matt

    Ladies and Gentlemen.


    If you were mad at the government for shutting down websites, why would you counter it by…. SHUTTING DOWN WEBSITES?! Facebook… Twitter?


    The Government is behind this. It’s called false flag internet terrorism. The 9/11 of Cyberspace. IF… these sites get shut down, it will give the government the excuse that it needs to monitor, censor and control the internet even more… under the threat that there is this “anonymous” boogieman out here who reigns terror on the internet.

    • http://N/A Jonno

      those examples of Facebook and Twitter being shut down by anonymous are what the government will “have to do” if they pass this bill anyway… i take it your not a member of any of the torrent site pages on FB/Twutter? they link to thousands of illegal files, isnt that what this bill is meant to censor out? duh

      aussie dude

  • http://N/A Jonno

    What Anonymous are doing is great!

    i believe they are taking it a little far with banks and peoples information, but taking down government servers and random other big name companys, whether files are deleted or personal records reset, they are showing the government that everyone and everything should remain “open source” the right to take something down at the governments discretion is simply not right, Anonymous are just doing what the government was planning to do… these hackers are just smart enough and have the balls to do it unlike the government haha

    i salute the Anonymous Team, but i would like to see personal data and files of normal people KEPT HIDDEN, or DELETED… maybe start fresh, delete all databases and site files or something. :)

    facebook i’d like to see dissapear completely though


    lil aussie dude

  • http://www.sopa.com SOPAfan

    This is the best news yet for SOPA to get it passed. The US people will be less willing to go against SOPA now. Keep up the good work anon. The Feds couldn’t of done it better.

  • seada

    The vast majority of internet users and those who make a living are using affiliate, cpa, google ads etc and their own products. Many companies get a boost from the websites affiliates build. We have hater who won’t take the time to build a site but get mad at the thought of others making money. This country has become a place with so many rules it is harder now than it was 20 years ago to make money. If you make to much to fast paypal shuts you down. You can’t deposit more than 25,000 a day or your bank will shut you down, Craiglist has so many rules to protect itself from marketers who are simply attempting to make money. I see if this continue we will be going to India to get work. They will be outsourcing to us. I believe the government takes on too large a job to now govern the internet. The government will and does step in where documented over a period of time and with real evidence in hand, physical, testimony etc. is duty bound to arrest, detail and curtail criminal activity. The government will eventually exhaust itself taking on the world, being big brother or sister and sticking it self into every little facet of life. President Reagan had a strong stance on getting bigness out of industry and government. As a result you had ATT and now many other communication providers. That is just one instance. Here we go Y2K again. Did anything happen as a result of Y2K. This group or groups like it just give congress fuel to pass these laws out of reactionary fear.

  • Qwerty

    And nothing happened as expected. Anon. never carries through with its “serious” plans. They chickened out of calling out the Mexican officials with ties to the cartels, and now they wuss out on this. I guess that can’t do more than just DDoS.

  • Concerned For Human Rights

    We need T-shirts! Anonymous on the front, and “we are watching you” on the back!

  • Dox

    I’d like to ask world hackers instead of trying to build an extra terrestrial network to create protocols we can use between us, which cannot be deciphered by other parties than the communicating entities…

    Why try to accomplish a goal, ambitious no doubt, using space, obviously not owned by anyone, allowing anyone with resources to destroy such solutions just as freely?

    This Internet is commercial and monitored by surveillance equipment in the name of protecting “us” from most likely ourselves, no doubt. But if we found a way of communicating between common people, without “others” listening in or reading what we share, use only open source software, making commercial products unwanted, wouldn’t that be something? Imagine if we, people, could invent a language, that no one else would speak, others than initiated by us? Where all would be equal, accountable and responsible equally for this membership? Pipe dreams I know! Maybe we just have to wake up and think out a solution to the basic problem in this world? And I mean money, an expression of power…

  • Nameless

    Fuck everyone who stops you anonymous!

  • Freedom

    Let’s get real here. First, I am an unqualified supporter of the freedom of the Internet and as anti-SOPA / PIPA as anyone on here, however, Anonymous are a bunch of vigilantes. Their demands as to what they think should or shouldn’t be “free”, and their threats against private businesses and our government are the work of self-righteous, self-appointed masters of the universe. As much as I agreed with the VOLUNTARY blackouts 100%, they advocate a form of blackmail that makes them no better than anyone else looking to force others to do their bidding. Yes, we need a check on our out-of-control federal government, but replacing one evil with another isn’t such a hot idea. IMHO.

  • chase

    So what is the follow up story to this?

    What happened?

  • andrej

    anonymous doI’m from the FBI if you destroy twitter, facebook and youtube will arrest you all

  • Sue

    First of all: I’m a liberal and a democrat, and I STILL think these d-bags need dealt with, they’re doing FAR more harm than good. Better off without them, they’re just adding fuel to an already burning fire and they are going to make things worse.

    Srsly, Anonymous? Get lost, you f**ktards. You aren’t making anything better, by pulling this sort of illegal crap…you’re just going to make them crack down with even more restrictive laws because you’re providing them fodder TO crack down upon.

    This is why we need more money put into education. So kiddies with too much time on their hands, don’t pull stupid crap like this. Hopefully they end up in prison, where they belong.


  • //n/a...lol radford

    When I was younger, there was a saying making the rounds : “If you gave a thousand monkeys a thousand typewriters a thousand years , they would write a novel.”
    Look around, folks! We now have the same scenario… we call it the Internet! Millions of keyboards tied together in cyberspace… run by a mass of sheeple who cannot punctuate / spell / present a logical stream of thought…. Didn’t anyone learn anything in school?
    Politicians are corrupt? Yeah, and they’re human, too. Petty, selfish, greedy … what else is new?? “All politicians lie”. Yet we sheeple continue to vote in liar after liar after liar. Will we ever learn?
    And we use too many personal pronouns. Remember them? “I”, “me”, “my”, “mine”… in our conversations. Just listen to the banter at the next gathering of the sheeple. Just listen for a change….
    Don’t forget : “Power corrupts and absolute power ….” Let’s go no further.

    So… everybody is correct and most are “wrong”. What else is new?

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  • Sekretrta

    I support them … But we’ll see what will

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